Catholic Church In Korea

 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Stephanus Min Kuk-ka



Min Kŭk-ka Stephen (1788-1840)




   Min Kŭk-ka Stephen was a descendant of a noble family. He had a strong and warm personality. He was born to a non-Catholic family, and his mother died when he was quite young. He was baptized with his father and his brothers, and practiced his religion faithfully. He married a Catholic woman, but she died soon after the marriage. He did not want to remarry, but his friends persuaded him to take another Catholic wife. The second wife also died six or seven years later, and his daughter from the second wife died soon after.
   After that Stephen made his living by handcopying books. He was very devout and converted non-Catholics by his good example and teaching. Since he was named a catechist, he made greater efforts to teach people and to convert non-Catholics.
   Stephen was arrested at the end of the persecution. He was tortured and told to renounce his faith. His body was twisted and pricked with sharp objects. But he used to say: "I can never deny God, even if I am beaten ten thousand times. If you release me, I will not only continue to believe but also to spread the faith." They beat him more severely. He was beaten with a large club 40 times. He spent his days in prison persuading apostates to change their minds and profess their faith again.
   Catechist Min Stephen was taken out to the court again and beaten with a club 30 more times. A few days later he was strangled to death in Seoul on January 30, 1840. He was 53 years old.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 362313
13 이윤일 요한 Ioannes Yi Yun-il 65170
12 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 66553
11 유진길 아우구스티노 Auguestinus Yu Chin-gil 67169
10 손선지 베드로 Petrus Son Son-ji 67533
9 이호영 베드로 Petrus Yi Ho-yong 69399
8 조윤호 요셉 Ioseph Cho Yun-ho 70149
7 모방 베드로 Petrus Maubant 70421
6 유정률 베드로 Petrus Yu Chong-nyul 71354
5 정원지 베드로 Petrus Chong Won-ji 72210
4 유대철 베드로 Petrus Yu Tae-chol 75677
3 이명서 베드로 Petrus Yi Myong-so 79111
2 오매뜨르 베드로 Petrus Aumaître 83760
1 조화서 베드로 Petrus Cho Hwa-so 84442

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